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Hermit Crabs

As multiple hermit crabs can be kept together in a 10 gallon or larger habitat, and they do not require daily handling or socializing outside of their habitat, hermit crabs can make an excellent pet for the pet parent that doesn't have a great deal of space or extra time to devote to a pet. Hermit crabs are quiet but social pets that can be entertaining to watch interact with each other and their environment. Hermit crabs do still need specialized care and attention however, and should be fed a high-quality commercial hermit crab food as well as treats such as vegetables, non-citrus fruits, nuts, seaweed, brine shrimp or fish flakes.

FAQs About Hermit Crabs

A well-balanced hermit crab diet consists of high quality commercial hermit crab food for their primary diet. Vegetables, non-citrus fruits, nuts, seaweed, brine shrimp and fish flakes can also be offered as treats.

Hermit Crabs can live 10+ years with proper care, depending on species and most will reach adult size within 2 years under ideal conditions.

Hermit crabs do need a temperature gradient of 70-80F, but this can generally be provided with an under tank heater. Although hermit crabs do not need UVB lighting, they should be provided with 10-12 hours of light for an appropriate day/night cycle.

Hermit crabs are social animals and do best in groups of 3 or more. Remember, you should never house other invertebrates with your hermit crabs.